GT3 Jonny Adam/derek Johnston
As reigning champion, Adam brings a wealth of experience to TF Sport, although it’s unclear as to whether the team really needed it. After two straight pole positions and a one-two finish in the Donington Park finale last year, TF is on a roll. “Having Jonny is a big boost as we’ve already found areas of the car to improve thanks to his feedback,” says team head Tom Ferrier. “We’re out for the title this year. We have to be, with this much driving talent on board.” Former champion Jon Barnes is in the second car with Mark Farmer. Minshaw and Keen are now one of the most experienced driver pairings on the grid. Having shared a Trackspeed Porsche and a Barwell BMW in recent years, the move to the Lambo creates a new challenge. There’s an argument that switching cars each season is a detriment as it resets the learning process, but both drivers are bedded in well at Barwell and both have the potential to be the quickest in their class. The sister car will be rapid too, but with British star Alexander Sims only able to do half the season alongside Liam Griffin – Fabio Babini will do the rest – Minshaw/keen are likely to be more consistent. Bentley is back, and with the best chance of making an impact on its home shores than ever before. When the Continental debuted in 2014 it was a development car and results were hard to come by. The Continental is now a proven race winner and British GT’S move to Pirelli tyres means Team Parker has access to stacks of relevant data. Parfitt has shown great pace in his short GT3 career and it will be interesting to see how GP3 convert Morris adapts to both the style and technique of sportscar racing. Probably not a candidate for race wins right away, but this entry is groundbreaking due to Littler becoming the first disabled driver in the championship’s history. Former rally and VW Cup driver Littler will race with a false leg, but with no mods to the Vantage. “Due to it being a sequential gearbox I have no clutch to use and I’m used to left-foot braking from rallying,” he says. “This season is about showing how disability can be put behind you and getting on with things as normal.”
1h54m16.1s +10.6s +56.4s +1m40.1s +2m07s +2m55.6s +4m36.1s +4m51.1s +5m52.2s +6m26.2s
SS1 Cairncastle (13.06 miles) Fastest National Derek Mcgarrity/barry Mcnulty (Ford Fiesta WRC) 10m43s Fastest International Evans/parry 10m10.4s
wheel-drive competitor, Frank Kelly. Third in his beautifully turned out S2000-specification Proton Satria was British Rally Championship man Ollie Mellors. He was eligible to score in BRC 1 with the frontrunning cars on the International rally but had gambled – and saved money – by entering the National rally.
Stage two – Knockboy – was cancelled following an incident involving an official’s vehicle, meaning crews were sent to the 19-mile Glens stage. Mcgarrity again set the pace despite the forecasted wet weather starting to set in. Kelly, meanwhile, retired close to the start when his Millington engine cried enough. “All went well on the opener and then about 750 yards into stage three it all went quiet,” explained Kelly.
That and a second best time moved Wesley Patterson up behind Mcgarrity, despite a bent exhaust inflicted over the bumps and jumps. Mellors also hit trouble with a spin, snapping the reverse cable. That meant he needed marshals’ help to get him pointing back in the right direction.
Another notable mover was Declan Mcnaughton, his knowledge of the North Antrim countryside coming to good use, but he would eventually